The Sunday Sun claims "Alan Pardew still has ALL of his £8million transfer war chest left, with the cash raised to sign Papiss Cisse understood to have come from the summer budget – which included provision to bring in a new No 9."
Alan Pardew: “I wouldn’t bring a player in if I didn’t think he could challenge for the first team – full stop.
“If I don’t think a player can come straight into the first team, it makes no difference to me.
“I wouldn’t want to change the back four.
“We want to bring a defender in, that’s what I’ve said and we’ll try and do that if we can because we ain’t got no cover. If we had an injury at centre-half, we’re going to look vulnerable.
“The phone will be switched on and I’ll be monitoring the transfer window,”